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Introducing the Beyond Idea Grant Progam

July 20, 2022 // Beyond Idea Grant Program

The Beyond Idea Grant program will bring additional dollars to our state’s nonprofits, and we are very appreciative of our long-standing partnership with the Bush Foundation.

Ginger Niemann, SDCF Senior Program Officer

The South Dakota Community Foundation is thrilled to announce the Beyond Idea Grant Program, a new funding opportunity for nonprofits in South Dakota, with the first round of application submissions opening on August 15, 2022.

It was announced in January of this year that the South Dakota Community Foundation (SDCF) had been selected as an intermediary partner for the Bush Foundation’s community-based grant program in South Dakota. This six-year partnership, which commenced in 2022, will result in $1.2 million per year being infused in our state for grants to eligible nonprofits.

The Beyond Idea Grant (BIG) program will allow nonprofit organizations to engage in problem-solving and provide support for development, testing and spreading ideas that will make our state better for everyone. In addition, leaders will be inspired, equipped, and connected to lead change more effectively.

“It’s been an exciting process and we cannot thank the community members enough for donating their valuable time to assist with the Beyond Idea Grant (BIG) development”, stated Ginger Niemann, Senior Program Officer, SDCF. “BIG will bring additional dollars to our state’s nonprofits, and we are very appreciative of our long-standing partnership with the Bush Foundation.”

There will be one round of grant applications accepted in 2022. Applications will open August 15 and close September 16, 2022. Eligible applicant requests may range from $5,000 to $100,000 per year. Successful applicants will be announced December 15, 2022. Learn about eligibility, grantmaking guidelines, and the application by visiting our website at

Intermediary partners from adjoining states are Headwaters Foundation for Justice, serving Minnesota’s communities, and Strengthen ND, focusing on North Dakota’s nonprofits. A fourth partner, Good Relatives Collaborative, was announced this spring. Their focus will be supporting Native nations and communities across the region (Minnesota, North Dakota, and South Dakota).

About the SDCF

SDCF is a public non-profit organization established in 1987. SDCF, with offices in Pierre, Rapid City, Sioux Falls and Aberdeen administers over 1,100 funds benefiting hundreds of charitable organizations annually. The Foundation distributed nearly $18 million in grants in 2021 which made a tremendous difference in communities statewide. This would not have been possible without the generosity of our donors. If you have a specific cause you would like to support or would prefer to give for the general good of our state, please visit to learn more or call 1-800-888-1842.

About the Bush Foundation

The Bush Foundation invests in great ideas and the people who power them. Established in 1953 by 3M Executive Archibald Bush and his wife Edyth, the Foundation encourages individuals and organizations to think bigger and think differently about what is possible in communities across Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota and the 23 Native nations that share the same geographic area.